Board Member, was born and raised in Walla Walla. After graduating from DeSales High School, she earned her BA in Education,Special Education and Early Childhood Development at Eastern Washington University. She spent several years teaching at Blue Ridge Elementary School and Garrison Middle School. After her children started school in Touchet (Rachel ‘09, Emily ‘11, Will ‘13 and Katelyn ’15), Cynthia began substituting and is still doing so. She also assists her husband Joel on their farm.
President, was born and raised in Waitsburg, WA. She attended Central Washington University, and now works for Walla Walla County as an executive secretary for the County Commissioners. She and her husband, Joe, live in Touchet. She has served as the Treasurer, and is currently the coordinator of the raffle and auctions at our TEF Dinner & Auction.
Carol (Riley) Hopkins
Secretary, Touchet High School class of '87, graduated from the University of Washington with B.A. in Business Administration '93. She, husband Chris, and their sons Nickolas ('17) and Nathan ('18) returned to the Walla Walla valley in 2000. Carol has volunteered as the secretary since 2003.
Touchet (Too-she) is a rural farming community in South- Eastern Washington. Area farmers raise alfalfa seed, wheat, hay, and Walla Walla Sweet onions. Florida Power and Light has a business office in Touchet, where they manage one of the largest wind farms in the west. Forage Genetics, the largest alfalfa seed marketer in the USA, has a world class research facility here. The surrounding Walla Walla Valley, includes many world class wineries and tourist attractions.
TEF - what we're about
Providing financial support for Touchet students in pursuit of educational opportunities, and encouraging community support for higher education.
Do you want to be a part of our team?Consider bringing your fundraising and organizational skills and serving as a member of our Board. Most of our volunteer board members plan to serve for approximately 5 years when they begin. We need fresh volunteers to step up and rotate through as other members step down after many years of service. A revolving flow of new board members will help bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm, while learning from the experience of veteran board members.
Would you like to help with our fundraising? The TEF Dinner & Auction is held in the Fall, at the Touchet Gardena Lions Club. This is our largest fundraising activity and there is always lots to do!
Do you have computer skills? You could help keep the website updated and help students and parents become familiar with the website and scholarship application.
Please contact us to learn more about ways that you can assist the Touchet Educational Foundation fulfill our mission to help students succeed in their educational goals.
The Touchet Educational Foundation was established in January of 2003. The purpose of our non profit organization is to provide scholarship funds for students as they graduate from Touchet High School and begin college or vocational training. We award a merit scholarship to every senior who participates in our fundraising and turns in a completed application on time, and also offer additional
scholarships for students who meet various eligibility requirements.
The Touchet Educational Foundation also offers scholarship opportunities for Touchet graduates who have attained college level, junior standing (or higher,) and are pursuing a bachelors or advanced educational degree.
Would you Like to Help?
Helping Touchet graduates in their pursuit of higher education
Touchet Educational Foundation
Treasurer, Class of 1973, Melissa attended Washington State University, obtaining a B.A. in Music History and Theory in 1978, and a Master's of Adult and Community Education in 1979. Melissa worked for 5 years as a University of Minnesota Extension Educator before returning to graduate school at Penn State. After completing her M.S. in Agriculture Economics, she worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2012 she retired and moved back to Touchet.
Marilyn (Adams) Schaecher
Vice President, Class of 1972, and Good Samaritan School Graduate with a Diploma in Nursing. Along with her son Eric ('12) returned to Touchet in 2003 to assist with the care of her parents. She has been a fan, class volunteer, member of the Touchet Booster Club and Treasurer of the Touchet School Supporters. She is currently working full time at the Walla Walla Clinic as an office nurse for the Endocrinologist working towards being a Certified Diabetic Educator.
Touchet High School Graduation,
June 10, 2017 - starting at 1pm
Board Member, was not raised in Touchet, but if you have ever seen her "Touchet Indian Pride" at a football game you wouldn't know it. She moved to Touchet in 1976 with her husband, Dave, raised two Touchet Indians, Doug ('86) and Darin ('92). She has been a "behind-the scenes" supporter since 2003 then in Fall of 2013 became a board member.
Board Member, was born and raised in the Tri-Cities and graduated from the University of Washington. She moved to Touchet in 2001 and served 9 years on the Touchet School Board. Sandra is the coordinator for the Community Scholarships.
Board Member, is a lifelong area resident and Touchet alumni ‘88. He graduated from University of Idaho B.S. ’94. Fourth generation wheat farmer firefighter/EMT. Father of three daughters, Autumn class of ‘16, Olivia ‘17 and Emma.
P.O. Box 272, Touchet, WA 99360